Monday, January 08, 2007


“Hey Baltimore, get over it!”

Bet you’ve heard that one when the subject of the Colts midnight move to Indianapolis back in March of 1984 is brought up, right?


Gee thanks there Dan Marino and all of the national media folks who don’t get it. They don’t or can’t feel Baltimore’s pain yet they languished over Art Modell’s act of desperation when he moved the Browns to Baltimore. They panned one of the NFL’s pioneering spirits yet casually dismiss the fact that a drunken fool like Robert Irsay who publicly denied his own heritage, ripped away a huge part of Baltimore’s.

There’s isn’t much or anything that can be done about it today and most Baltimoreans I believe recognize this. But we all would just like the atrocity to be AT LEAST as nationally scorned as Modell’s move was. Those colors and horseshoes and that name belong in Baltimore. Yet it will never happen.

Some of you may never get over it.


Personally I have gotten over “it” for the most part. Sure, there’s a little twinge of resentment there and even though I knew it was in the Ravens’ best interest to have the Colts win on Saturday to give our city a chance to host the AFC Championship, my body language still suggested that I was pulling for the Chiefs.

No one likes being dumped.

Has the new girl in purple eased your pain or are you still feeling scorned Baltimore?


Anonymous said...

Hey Tony...for the most part I have gotten over it but when I see on the NFL channel an advertisement for a DVD about the Indianapolis Colts history showing shots of Memorial Stadium, Unitas throwing a pass, Shula smiling on the sidelines. Well...that does it for me. I am ticked! So, I wonder if CBS will have enough guts to show Unitas plaza on Saturday?

Sports Steve said...

Many of the Media has either tried to get in touch with me or have over the last couple of days. I was taken to my first Baltimore Colts game at age 3 and never missed another as my Dad had season tickets. I was friend with many of the players over the years. When the Baltimore Colts left town in the middle of the night like thieves I was the only fan to remain there the entire night.

This is documented in William Gildea's book When The Colts Belonged To Baltimore. I think it's pages 263-264 not sure. Yes I had tears in my eyes many adults did that night. I'm not afraid to admit that. Many have said that people like me should get over it. I'm over it I just won't forget it. Bullet Bob Irsay destroyed some great football memories of a town Baltimore is a great football town like Mr. John Steadman use to always say. Towns develop a real love with their football teams.

Loyal fans are crushed when they lose and filled with joy when they win. However having a team leave hurts it hurts real bad. This town had to wait many years before the NFL returned to the city. Cleveland had theirs back within a couple of years and kept their colors. I think this is the main issue that has continued to keep Baltimore football fans uptight about the Baltimore Colts leaving. It was the way it was done. I was there and they were throwing things in the Mayflower Vans like a robbery.

That night I felt more sorry for Hurst "Loudy" Loundenslager as he gave his entire life to the Baltimore Colts football team. Loudy never recovered. I was great friends with Loudy and in the later years we were the only two that would see the team off and greet them when they returned.

I'm a true Ravens fan now and dress for every game to try to get the spirit up so a team can never claim there is no passion for the team. I was the featured Ravens fan in Madden 2005 with Ray Lewis on the front. In October of this year I was selected NFL fan of the week by SI magazine. I'm a season ticket holder and sit in Section 139 Row 6 Seat 14. I travel to away games and greet players at many events during the year.

This week's game....It's going to be fun!

Anonymous said...

I was 9 when the Colts left Baltimore. My dad actually took me to the last Colts home game. I barely remember it. For me, it's not the sneer comments from Marino and the like that get my blood boiling, but the "double standard" that the NFL likes to use against Baltimore. It's as if no one cares about the Colts leaving Baltimore for Indy, yet when the Browns moved to Baltimore, that is treated like a national travesty. That's what irks me the most. I saw the comments about "get over it!" on Inside the NFL -- but I'd bet my life savings that if the Ravens were to go play the current Browns in Cleveland in an AFC divisional game -- the talk would be radically different. The NFL and the on-air heads would be foaming at the mouth to talk up a Ravens vs. Browns playoff game, and they would all hope the Browns would win to extract some type of retribution from the "hated" Ravens. That makes me sick, more than anything else. For the Colts to move out of Baltimore elicits mostly "Eh, okay" from the NFL elite. Yet when the Browns move from Cleveland, they all talk of how terrible Art Modell is and how Baltimore is "stealing" the team from Cleveland. I'm so sick of it.

Purple Haze said...

Peyton Manning, after living a full life, died. When he got to heaven, God was showing him around. They came to a modest little house with a faded Colts flag in the window.

"This house is yours for eternity, Peyton," said God.

"This is very special; not everyone gets a house up here."

Peyton felt special, indeed, and walked up to his house. On his way up the porch, he noticed another house just around the corner. It was a 3-story mansion with a purple and black sidewalk, a 50 foot tall flagpole with an enormous Ravens logo flag, and in every window, a Baltimore Ravens towel.

Peyton looked at God and said "God, I'm not trying to be ungrateful, but I have a question. I was an all-pro QB, I hold many NFL records, and I even went to the
Hall of Fame."

God said, "So what's your point Peyton?"

"Well, why does Ray Lewis get a better house than me?"

God chuckled, and said "Peyton, that's not Ray's house, it's mine."

Anonymous said...

There's another that goes like this...

Peyton Manning dies and goes to Heaven. He sees an older man in the distance perched on a golden throne with light illuminating all around him.

Peyton looks at St. Peter and asks, "Is that Johnny Unitas?"

St. Peter replies, "No. That's God. He just thinks he's Johnny Unitas."

Anonymous said...

Once again Dan Marino shows that he does quite get it. The reasons why there is such hatred towards the Irsays and the Colts still stem from a few issues.
1) The Colts history. The fact that team records still list Unitas, Moore, and Mackey as Indy Colts is a point that has many people boiling. These guys were part of the Baltimore community. Before the days of million dollar contracts you could see these men working just like you and me to pay the bills. You got to know them.
2)Jim Irsay's comments in the Sun were pretty interesting. Claiming that he had nothing to do with the move and that he has no ill will towards Baltimore. Yet he fails to mention that he rejected an offer to sell the Baltimore Colts history and he just held his own fans hostage by demanding a new stadium or guess what- they would move the team.

I was 10 when the Colts moved. My dad stopped watching football for almost 10 years following. I'm a die hard Ravens fan and I'll be there Saturday. So, I've let it go in one respect but in other I haven't.

Anonymous said...

You guys are a bunch of Hippocrates. Cleveland was not given thier colors and history back, they took it. Through lawsuits, demonstration and mass outrage. Maybe if Baltimore had done the same, it would have been different. Anyways I'd much rather have our GM Ozzie Newsome and our Super Bowl Championship in 2000 than our colors.

Tony Lombardi said...

Hey Anon (the most recent anonymous), is a Hippocrate something that they use in Africa to transport hippos to zoologists in the States?